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Marcellus Brown and Richard Klautsch Joint Retirement Party

Monday, Apr. 17, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

Richard Klautsch and Marcellus Brown

The Morrison Center will host a joint retirement party for Professor Marcellus Brown, Director of Bands and conductor of the University Symphonic Winds, and Professor of Theatre Arts and Department Chair Richard Klautsch.

Marcellus Brown is the Director of Bands at Boise State University and conducts the University Symphonic Winds and the Treasure Valley Concert Band. He teaches instrumental conducting and serves as the Director of the Boise State University Summer Chamber Music Camp. 

Under his direction, the University Symphonic Winds has been recognized as one of the outstanding large wind ensembles in the Northwest. They have presented concerts at numerous Idaho State Music Educators Conferences, the Western/Northwestern College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Regional Conference, and the 2011 CBDNA National Conference held in Seattle, Washington. 

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Brown holds a Masters of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Michigan, where he took conducting classes with Elizabeth Green. He has done doctoral work at the University of Illinois, where he studied conducting with Harry Begian, Professor Emeritus of Bands.

Mr. Brown has worked extensively as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has been a guest conductor and presenter at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He has been recognized for his work and dedication as an educator at Boise State University as the recipient of the 2002 Excellence In Teaching Award presented by the LDS Student Association, the 2002 Faculty/Staff Larry G. Selland Humanitarian Award presented by the University Women’s Center and one of ten honored faculty to receive the 2003 & 2012 Top Ten Student Scholar Awards.

Richard Klautsch has been a professor of theatre arts for twenty-one years at Boise State and chair of the department for fifteen. He has been a professional actor in Boise since 1992. He has worked for eight seasons at Boise Contemporary Theater and 21 seasons at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. 

At BCT, Richard has appeared in True West, The Cherry Orchard, The Underpants, The Memory of Water, The Pillowman, and most recently in I Have Before Me, a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda. He also directed BCT’s Lobby Hero and A Number. At ISF, he appeared most recently as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing and as Rev. David Lee in The Foreigner. He has also played such roles as Sir Robert in An Ideal Husband (also performed at Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland), Solinus in The Comedy of Errors, Dorn in The Sea Gull, LaFew in All’s Well That Ends Well, the Duke in Measure for Measure (also performed at GLTF), Don Armado in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Kent in King Lear, Brutus in Julius Caesar (also at GLTF), Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Duke Senior in As You Like It, Henry in The Fantasticks, Salieri in Amadeus, Athos in The Three Musketeers, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Macduff in Macbeth, Elyot in Private Lives, and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. In the spring of 2008, he performed in a production of Art at the Boise Art Museum, directed by Lynn Allison. 


In the fall of 2006, he was a guest artist and instructor at UC Santa Barbara, where he appeared as Apemantus in a production of Timon of Athens as part of the Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival. Richard has performed at Primary Stages in New York City, the Attic and Detroit Repertory Theaters in Detroit, the Shakespeare Society Theatre in Los Angeles, and Jeff Daniels’ original play Shoe Man at the film actor’s Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. In 2014 he appeared at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. In 2011 he was named Administrator of the Year by the Boise State University Association of Office Professionals; in 2012, he received the same recognition from the Idaho Association of Educational Office Professionals.

He received his MFA and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit.

The University community is invited to celebrate at the Morrison Center on Monday, April 17th, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.